Porter County-area prep basketball notes

Porter County-area prep basketball notes

2014-03-04T17:00:00Z 2014-03-10T04:14:06Z Porter County-area prep basketball notesKeith Nuest Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 04, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

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Boone Grove (6-13): Wolves dropped a pair of decisions to Duneland Athletic Conference schools last week to finish the regular season with nine losses in their last 10 games. They were beaten by Crown Point, 88-55, and Chesterton, 38-35. Senior Jon Hogg totaled 42 points in the two games and moved into 34th on the Boone scoring list, behind 1959 grad Roger Shurr.

Chesterton (11-9): The Trojans, playing their first game without the injured Chris Palombizio and his 19 points per game, were able to hold off Boone by three points and assure themselves of having a winning season.

Hebron (12-9): The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 67-63 win over Westville but dropped their season finale to River Forest 67-50. Hebron leads the series with Westville 40-7.

Kouts (15-4): The Mustangs defeated River Forest, 76-59, and followed with a 79-43 win over LaCrosse, their 10th straight over the Tigers. The victory over the Tigers provided the Mustangs with their fourth consecutive undefeated season in Porter County Conference round-robin play, a feat that had never been accomplished in conference history. Kouts' winning streak in conference play is at 29 straight. Senior Cody Nelson totaled 34 points in the two games to move over the 600 mark to 631. He is the 35th player in Kouts history to reach 600. Senior Jake Bekelya scored 31 points against the Ingots to equal his career best. Senior Matt Stewart tallied 19 points in the two games and moved into 30th on the Kouts scoring list, behind 1991 grad Brad Redelman.

LaCrosse (3-16): Junior Austin Harris netted a career-high 16 points in a loss to Kouts. Senior Bryce Guse added 14 points and moved past 1986 grad Steve Koselke into 24th on the all-time LaCrosse scoring list.

Morgan Township (10-9): Losses to Merrillville, 61-50, and Washington, Township 66-58, gave the Cherokees four defeats in their last five games. Junior Chase Braden totaled 32 points in the two games to move over the 800 mark to 824. Braden ranks 15th at Morgan, behind 1999 grad Kevin Grieger. Sophomore Jake Koselke scored 41 points in the two games, becoming the 66th player in Morgan history to reach the 500-point plateau, with 529 points. Sophomore Conner Martin recorded a personal-best 12 points against the Senators.

Portage (12-10): The Indians defeated Kankakee Valley, 44-40, and Rensselaer, 50-26, before falling to Griffith, 47-41, in their season finale. Portage assured itself of its first winning season since 2004. Senior Mike Lattanzi scored 10 points against Griffith to move over the 300 mark to 304. Junior Jordan Collazo matched his season high with 17 points against Rensselaer. Senior David Clegg netted a personal-best 11 points against the Panthers.

South Central (4-15): The Satellites dropped decisions to Culver, 43-42, Argos, 52-35, and Westville, 54-48. Junior Mark Richards equaled his career best with 18 points against the Cavaliers. Senior Austen Hanna tallied seven points against the Blackhawks to move over the 200 mark to 204. The series with Argos stands at 18-18.

Valparaiso (12-8): The Vikings pounded South Bend Clay 87-36 in their season finale for their sixth straight win in the series. The 87 points is the most by the Vikings since an 89-52 season-opening win over Boone in 2010. The 51-point margin of victory is the most by Valpo since a 69-17 win over South Central in 2005. Junior Drew Paul scored 18 points in the game to move over the 200 mark to 208. Valpo finished in a second-place tie with Michigan City in the DAC with a 5-2 mark.

Washington Township (15-5): The Senators recorded wins over West Central, 60-53, Oregon-Davis, 54-36, and Morgan, 66-58, giving them a seven-game winning streak. The victory over Morgan was their third straight in the series and provided the Senators with a second-place finish in the PCC at 5-2. It marked the first time in their 56 years in the PCC that they finished as high as second. Junior Alex Lowther totaled 41 points in the three games to move over the 300 mark to 326. Sophomore point guard Alex Perez fired in a career-best 20 points against Morgan.

Westville (13-8): The Blackhawks sandwiched wins over Covenant Christian, 73-52, and South Central, 54-48, around a loss to Hebron, giving them 13 wins for the season. That represents the most victories by the Blackhawks since the 2007 team went 18-4. Sophomore Josh Brownlee netted a career-high 19 points against Hebron.

Wheeler (6-13): The Bearcats’ losing streak reached six games with losses to Lowell, 60-40, and Hobart, 63-58. Senior James Miller totaled 35 points in the two games to move over the 300 mark to 330. Miller matched his personal best with 21 points against the Brickies.

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